Nothing beats a good book to really understand a complex subject. So these are our our top FINTECH books of 2014 (in alphabetical order based on book title):
1) Breaking Banks by Brett King – The Innovators, Rogues and Strategists – Rebooting Banking (by Wiley)
2) Digital Bank by Chris Skinner – Strategies to Launch or Become a Digital Bank (by Marshall Cavendish Business)
3) Next Generation Finance with many great articles by industry experts, edited by Robert Lempka and Paul D. Stallard – Adapting the Financial Services Industry to Changes in Technology, Regulation and Consumer Behaviour (by Harriman House)
4) The Power of Mobile Banking by Sankar Krishnan – How to profit from the Revolution in Retail Financial Services (by Wiley)
What are your favourite FINTECH Books? Which books have inspired you and gave you the best insights into this exciting industry and its various sub-sectors? Can’t wait to hear your recommendations.
On the 23rd Nov 2015 I was invited as a Judge to the Cambridge Business School Accelerator which organized it’s first FINTECH start-up weekend from 21-23 November 2014.
This three-day intensive event brought together finance and innovation entrepreneurs who wanted to address challenges in tomorrow’s banking. Participants had 54 hours to test their idea, build a team and pitch to a panel of judges. It was a great event and I was very impressed by both the students knowledge and enthusiasm for the fintech sector and the supportive environment by the Accelerator.
Enabling meaningful venture creation out of Cambridge
Accelerate Cambridge is a start-up “accelerator” established by Cambridge Judge Business School in May 2012. The School is situated in the centre of Cambridge, at the heart of the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Cluster, the city’s academic and business networks, both of which have a long tradition of entrepreneurship.
Slideshare summary with photos and tweets by the great teams:
Highlights of FINTECH Accelerator Weekend at Cambridge Judge Business School
On the 20th November 2014, FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focussed on fintech investment opportunities launched in London’s Canary Wharf at Level39, Europe’s largest incubator for fintech companies.
It was a great evening with many investors, FINTECH entrepreneurs, senior directors in banking and FINTECH thought-leaders joining us to celebrate the launch of FINTECH Circle together. Both Jenny Tooth, CEO UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) and Claire Cockerton, CEO Innovate Finance gave fantastic keynote speeches on angel investing and the enourmous opportunities the fintech sector provides for investors and entrepreneurs.
FINTECH Circle is a highly vetted and curated Membership Club of senior investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and influencers who all are enthusiastic about the growing FINTECH sector globally. Membership is by referral or invitation only. In addition to accessing top FINTECH investment opportunities, members also enjoy knowledge sharing amongst peers, access to Board and Non-exec positions in FINTECH companies and the opportunity to attend exclusive FINTECH and angel investment educational seminars. FINTECH Circle members who are self-certified HNW individuals or sophisticated investors will be invited to join FINTECH Circle’s Angel Network with bi-monthly FINTECH pitch events in London starting from January 2015. To apply for membership, please email your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOREX Magnets attended launch event and reports
Level39 Fintech Angel Network launches at ClubLounge39
Finextra: Fintech angel network gears up for launch
In Oct 2014 a great FINTECH conference took place in Edinburgh, Scotland where I was invited as a keynote speaker. Other speakers included Bob Ferguson (UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, FCA), Chris Skinner (Financial Services Club), Brigid Whoriskey (RBS), Alastair Anderson (HSBC) and many other fantastic thought leaders across the FINTECH landscape.
The Video is available on YouTube:
FINTECH Circle works with the most innovative and disruptive brands in financial technology and connects them with senior thought leaders and financiers. Banks and insurance companies see technologies emerging that will change their own business for the better. FINTECH Circle will enable emerging financial technology firms to execute their vision and to successfully expand their FINTECH businesses.
The most senior Directors and successful entrepreneurs in the Financial Services sector will be empowered to make a real difference by adding strategic value both as angel investors and/or Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to the game-changing innovators of the future.
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